commissioning

Commissioning services for children, young people and families : a study of the dynamics in six local authority areas (Research report no. DCSF-RR133)

Report of a research project in which 'audience insight' research with practitioners of children’s commissioning was carried out to establish an evidence base for the design, planning and delivery of a Commissioning Support Programme. Six local authority areas were used as case studies to gain a better understanding of the dynamics of commissioning, particularly those pertaining to leadership, partnership and locality working.

Improving social work in Scotland

Report that describes how well social work services are performing and what people who use services think about them. The messages are clear; the majority of people of all ages who use services and their carers have valued them and think they have made positive differences to their lives. Staff who provide services are committed and look for ways to improve the services they offer to people.

Fair access to care services: guidance on eligibility criteria for adult social care

UK Government document providing local authorities with a framework for determining eligibility for adult social care in England and setting out how local authorities should carry out assessments and reviews and help people through these processes.

Living on the edge: enabling older owner occupiers with moderate learning disabilities to live independently

Report focusing on the plight of older people with mild to moderate learning disabilities living independently in their own homes. It notes that many reach crisis points which threaten their independence and argues that a service response model based on crisis support workers is the most effective way of preventing such crises occurring and recurring.

Involving users in commissioning local services

Report about service users’ experience and views of involvement in shaping services, and the experiences and views of commissioners when involving users. The research points to what is currently happening and what might be possible in the future shape of commissioning.

Patient power

Report assessing the state of the health care system in Scotland, pinpointing both its strengths and weaknesses. It also compares the Scottish system with the health care systems of other European countries to find out if any lessons could be learned from their systems.

A commissioner's guide to service user involvement in the re-commissioning of day and vocational services for people with mental health conditions

Guide providing information and advice for health and social care commissioners on how best to involve users of mental health services in the re-commissioning of day and vocational services. It is based on the experiences of commissioners and service users who collaborated on re-designing and modernising local services.

Out of sight, out of mind : the state of mental healthcare in prison

Report focusing on the treatment of mental health problems in prisons in England and Wales. Its research suggests a third of the spending on mental health services in prison is spent inefficiently and that, in general, prison mental health care is poor. It offers recommendations to rectify this situation.

Adult specialist community mental health services: report of the follow-up to the 2005/06 review

Sets out the results of a follow-up review of the 2005/06 national review of NHS adult community mental health services. Fifteen indicators were selected in the follow up review. National findings are presented showing the changes in trusts performance - improvement or deterioration - against each of the 15 indicators. The results are then discussed under three themes: access to appropriate care and treatment; involving people who use services; and recovery and social inclusion.

Commissioning, delivery and perceptions of emergency accommodation for young runaways

Report focusing on the issue of emergency accommodation for young runaways and making recommendations intended to help local authorities and other relevant agencies design solutions which will better meet the emergency accommodation needs of young runaways.